A brief introduction to human evolution
Time: 10:30 - 13:00
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HS141
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
Human evolution is growing field of science which is consistently being refined as new evidence comes to light. In the latter half of the 19th century, most considered human evolution to be linear, from an ape-like ancestor to modern humans. As the decades passed, new evidence showed that human evolution reflected the evolution of flora and fauna of the planet. That is, some early hominins evolved to cope with changing climatic conditions and environmental change, while others died off. This created a bush-like map of our evolution and the evolution of our cousins. This course will track that evolution of understanding along with the advances made in dating and archaeogenetics.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
1. History of human evolution research
2. How we date our ancestors
3. Fieldwork today
4. Understanding past landscapes
5. The future of human evolutionary research.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
• Name and describe key human ancestors
• Discuss the history of the field
• Understand how we date human fossils
• Discuss how our ancestors interacted with other animals and plants.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is open to all; no previous knowledge or special skills required. You will need a good grasp of English to keep up with the course and to participate fully in discussions.You will also need an open mind and a willingness to listen to other points of view in order to participate constructively in the course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Interactive illustrated lecture; group discussion and question and answer.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Bring a notepad and pen. There are no additional costs.
Charles T. G. Clarke hails from the Republic of Ireland. He specialises in Archaeology and Human Evolutionary research. With a Bacholar of Science in Applied Archaeology from the Institute of Technology Sligo and a Master of Science in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology from the Institute of Archaeology (IOA) University College London (UCL). His work touches on aspects of the geological sciences from radiometric dating to an understanding of rock formation. He currently works as a Commercial Archaeologist with Archaeological Management Solutions (AMS) in the Republic of Ireland.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.